I set a goal for myself that this would be the year I would sit down and start writing my book. It’s not like years past where I said that I would write my book. I’m not just going to toy with the idea. This is serious.
I’m talking write a thesis statement, have a clear objective, put together an outline and table of contents, do some research, get down to business serious. This is real, y’all.
So, with that in mind, I got a little nervous the other day that I was finally going to turn my dream into a real, it’s going to happen, goal. I got on the phone with a dear friend, who also happens to be an award winning creative writing professor. She talked me through my initial ideas and gave me some great direction on how I could turn my idea into something that I could publish. We discussed great resources, including bloggers who could continue to motivate and inspire me. (Side note: It’s hard to be a good writer if you’re not a prolific reader.) Finally, as she had done so many times by a fire pit in the wee hours of the morning, she shared some great wisdom with me. If you’re going to be a real writer, you have to write every day. Treat it like a job, because it is. Have a time and a place set aside, and just write.
Wow. It’s one thing to know something, but it’s a totally different animal to hear it from someone else. When that person is an expert on the subject, it sinks in that much more. Write every day. Alrighty, then.
Well, then, here I am, with a splitting headache that I’ve been carrying around like an anvil in my head for what is now the eighth day. (Yes, mom, I’m going to the doctor today.) The only words swirling in my head are those fit for a vintage Quentin Tarantino film. I’m not quite ready to use the words excruciating or debilitating, but we’re getting near the ballpark. It doesn’t matter, though, because I have taken the first step. I wrote today. I took that step toward fulfilling a dream that I’ve had for most of my life. Until I said it aloud, shared it with someone else, and made a plan, though, it never seemed real.
Dream, meet reality. Day One.